WTF: Odd Thomas (2013)

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Spoiler Alert:

I shall be analysing the Odd Thomas, playing the Odds until the end, counting on its lines, and gambling with it’s chances to see if Odd Thomas is in our favour or just another loser. So read on only if you’ve already seen Odd Thomas, or don’t plan to.

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“You wanted to break into television!”

0:00:46 It’s Anton Yelchin from Start Trek, and various other sundry films, as a kid named “Odd Thomas”. This may be the first time I’ve heard him act without a Russian accent. On my To-do list, this is one thing I can Chekov.

0:03:25 Odd Thomas can see ghosts, so a young teen spirit (smells like, anyway) leads him to a bloke driving a muscle car who killed her the night before. When your past comes back to haunt you…

0:03:07

I may see dead people, but then by God I do something about it.

Odd (the character’s real name) chases Harlo, the murderer, and kicks his arse at a neighbourhood pool party. That’s so…Odd.

0:07:16 Willem Dafoe plays an understanding cop who arrests the bad guys Odd finds. As Chief Wyatt Porter is more normal than Willem’s usual roles, I’m tempted to say, “Willem Dafuq?” But I won’t.

0:10:58 Odd works in a diner that sells CGI prepared food and has a girlfriend (Addison Timlin as Stormy Llewellyn) who is cute for someone who can’t even act surprised.

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“Chef’s special? Yes, he is.”

0:12:45 In addition to seeing dead people, Odd can also see something called ‘Bodachs’ which are aluminium coloured metal morphing dog men which feed on destruction and chaos. Like politicians. Also like  politicians, the more of them that show up, the more destructive the event will be.

0:19:32 If you like Addison Timlin, I’d suggest buying the Odd Thomas DVD straight away, because I imagine you’ll be seeing her in nothing after this. Though many males would like to see her in just that, I’m sure.

0:28:08 Poking around Robert Robertson’s (the strange guy the Bodachs were following earleir) house, Odd finds pictures, files and a missing calendar page indicating the chap has a murderous schedule. ‘Murderous’, meaning he plans to become a mass murderer tomorrow. “My schedule is killing me other people.”

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“WTF!? Is that a blonde yamaka or were you John Hurt in Alien?”

0:29:45 Willem’s partner looks and acts like someone who is evil, and I’m not saying that because he’s a ginger. Well, not just because he’s a ginger.

0:32:22 Robert Robertson arrives at a church and beats it up while looking for Odd, who is picnicking atop the steeple with Stormy. It’s a difficult scene for Addison, as she cannot act up.

0:36:12 Odd calls Officer Willem, who’s in the middle of his wife, but takes the call.

0:40:30 The main actress was chosen for her talent with a half shirt.

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A lot of hard wood in this scene

0:42:27 From where do I know that stylish actor playing Officer Simon Varner? Ah yes, it’s Nico Tortorella, the not-so-gay half of the gay couple in The Following. A man after my own hard-on.

0:43:08 The officer has a suspicious tattoo that leads me to believe he’s in cahoots with the other detective I found suspicious earlier on.

0:49:32 For Al K Hall [my patron of the hearts, who shares these humble offerings on his famous blog], a GIF of a young woman in a strapless top with big cleavage running in slow motion. Odd chases after her and I think we see why. Rottweilers catch up to her, however, and she died like her hair.

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0:52:42

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Your attempts at distraction from your lack of talent has no power over gay men, hussy!

0:57:42 Odd takes Robert ‘Bob’  Robertson’s corpse to an abandoned prison and locks him in a gas chamber, which is quite appropriate judging from the noises emanating from his decomposing body.

0:59:01 Willem/Chief Porter is shot in his pyjamas at his door, and not with a camera. A necklace Odd gave the Chief to save his life saved his life.

1:04:01 In Fungus Bob’s refrigerator we find a community of the horrifically large cockroaches crawling over a plastic box containing teeth still in braces, a sort of lasagne made with human fingers and ice cream buckets that contain heads. Looks like Thai food.

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1:06:36 Now Odd Thomas is reassembling the puzzle of Bob’s skin where the bullet went in and discovers the same tattoo the cop had: POD – Prince of Darkness. Is it just me, or is this a little tame as satanic tattoos go?

1:08:01 The mass murder is set for the shopping mall. I’m not 100% convinced this is a bad idea, but Odd seems to think so. For some Odd reason.

1:09:30 Odd knocks out a man in a ski mask leaving the guard room at the mall, but he doesn’t know I predicted there were two police officers in on the attack. Serves him right for not reading my mind…or this blog.

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In a moment, Stew will question the wisdom of wearing a piñata suit

1:09:49

Fungus Bob didn’t have just one kill buddy, he had two. One more and they could buy group health insurance or form a rock band.

Odd discovers what I knew all along, or let’s say I did.

1:11:15 The Bodachs have been manipulating Odd Thomas to divert him away from the true ringleaders of the massacre. Life’s a bitch and then many of them die in a shopping mall.

1:14:28 A whole nest of Bodachs cover the walls of the mall while the lead Bodach screams at Odd but doesn’t hurt him. A woman yells “He’s got a gun!”, yet there is no gun fire while the people run to safety. There’s about as much action now as Amish laser tag.

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Wheel of Misfortune

1:15:23 There we are. The doors to the mall lock themselves (WTF!?) and the killer opens fire.

1:16:32 Odd fights his way through the Bodachs and is able to shoot the shooter in the head before he kills anyone. Something tells me this won’t be as easy as it looks. That may be the fact there are 20 minutes left to the film.

1:16:59 Just when you think Stormy is dead, she rises up from behind the ice cream counter she works at. Like the dead.

1:18:04 Ah, the man Odd killed was a character so minor I forgot to bore you with him. He controlled the dogs that ate the blonde, basically. Sick her.

1:18:26 WTF!? Odd follows the dead blonde ghost after taking the mask off the gunman but without taking the man’s guns? Does he not think fire-power might come in handy when coming up against a maniac with a machine gun? #optimist

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“I don’t think that’s supposed to go up there like that.”

1:19:12 In the mall’s indoor car park where no one seems to be too bothered by the shoot-out, Odd finds a van full of explosives and a timer with less than three minutes on it. Enough time for a quickie (I’m talking about his escape, or sex with me.)

1:19:28 Lady Killer (amongst others) cop is possessed by a Bodach and sees Odd has discovered the explosives, so he shoots Odd an odd number of times while Odd drives the van out of the car park. Odd knows how to take a bullet better than some American presidents.

1:21:34 Very nice scene in which Odd jumps from the van just as Handsome jumps in and the van crashes through a cement barrier before landing in a drainage ditch and exploding there harmlessly, killing only Handsome and a Bodach, if Bodachs know how to die.

1:22:38 In the denouement, Odd is a hero, the Chief pulls through, the two bad police officers had been devil worshippers as kids and killed someone and found they liked it so they joined forces with Fungus Bob and the insignificant partner to all move to a small town to try and kill it.

1:25:14 How did I not see it before! Of course Stormy died in the mall! This whole romantic interlude they’ve been showing is Odd with Stormy’s ghost. I’m actually quite upset at myself for not getting this a lot sooner.

1:28:02 The goodbye scene is touching, maybe because Addison doesn’t have any lines to choke on.

1:29:38 Odd moves to Las Vegas to fight evil against all Odds and to pass time before he can see Stormy again. Roll credits.

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‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy…

Tally Ho’

  • WTF!?’s: Only 1 or 2 Odd WTFs
  • When to Follow: Good entertainment, nice for a date night — bring the popcorn and protection!

All GIFs used in this review were created with the Imgflip online meme generator

Left Over WTF (Way Too Funny) Photos

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“Anyone seen a giant who’s lost his Driving Licence?”
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How to cough up a lung
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“I call this my lunch box.”
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“That’s some good eating up there!”
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3-Way Door Sex: Push & Pull…In & Out…Come Inside
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Dreams of one day becoming a Starship Officer
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“‘Pee’ is a verb, not a letter.”
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Whoa…”Weed crop” is an oxymoron

Prints suitable for reposting!

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What to Follow Up

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19 thoughts on “WTF: Odd Thomas (2013)

    1. Sir Rodney!

      ‘Crafty perv’ not by a long chalk… I was merely pointing out that tricks of that nature hold no sway over us gay men. I’m happy to learn it got a rise out of you and Al K Hall, though!

      WTF!? Rodney (Watch the Film)

      Saint Pauly

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  1. I really didn’t see any of your points, and for that matter, most other critics points. It was a good film with good direction and good acting. At no point did I sigh with disappointment. I’.d like to think of myself as a film buff, and this was a cracking film, and if Addison wants to walk around in revealing clothes then by god let her. Very harsh to judge like that, they all played cracking parts.

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    1. My dearest Calum,

      I appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment here and for not calling me vulgar names like most of my readers.

      Firstly, if you read the review closely, I think you’ll find I’m actually rather generous. Yes, the majority of the review is a synopsis with jokes, but when I do add my two cents, it’s complimentary. I’m far kinder with this film than most others, for what it’s worth.

      Except, as you note, with Ms Timlin. She’s probably a very beautiful young woman, but as a homosexual male, this doesn’t matter much to me. What does matter is that her acting is stilted and her readings are usually wooden, and I can’t over look this by looking at her scant wardrobe. Did you see the scene I posted in the church steeple? ‘Cracking’ might be the word I use for her ‘talent’, but not in the sense you intended.

      But this is the cinema and your opinion has as much validity as mine. I’m just glad you were willing to share your point of view with us here.

      Come back soon!

      WTF!? (Watch the Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  2. I liked it. I’m not an acting buff or anything but I didn’t find anything wrong with Timlin, her acting was a little off but that’s because I assume that’s how she’s playing the character as an off and quirky kind of person. I personally really liked this movie and think it’s a shame it wasn’t in theaters, I think it would have done well enough to get a 2nd one made which now looks very unlikely, shame.

    I also really liked the reboot of Fright Night, I thought that was a really fun movie too. I mean I watch everything and there are few movies I don’t like, thought like Transformers 3 & 4, there are differently movies I’m watching just for the sake of watching.

    P.S. As a straight man I can’t even describe what that scene in the pink panties does to me, I mean holy sh*t!!! I gotta buy my girl a pair of panties exactly like that and hope they rev the same engine in me.

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    1. Mike, my good man!

      Glad to hear you liked the film and don’t let anyone – especially a critic! – tell you what to like and what not to like. Films are made for viewers – full stop.

      As for Ms Timlin… I’m not going to beat that dead horse, but if if you enjoyed watching her act than who am I to tell you how wrong you are? The important thing is you liked her, and don’t let the opinion of a jaded and snarky gay Englishman get in your way.

      Thank you as well for taking the time to leave a comment and sharing your point of view and not insulting me like almost everyone else who comments here. I hope you’ll come back often and comment again soon.

      WTF (Watch the Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  3. Saint Pauly, you are such a nice reply-er, like good Lord ahaha. Too much kindness coming from your comments haha.
    I really enjoyed this movie, the ending (even though I expected it during the ice cream shop scene at the end) got me good. I can 100% attribute my love for this movie based off of its premise and that I enjoy Dean Koontz stories. I agree that the acting seemed off, especially with Timlin, but damn being a straight guy, the way she looks and carries herself makes me look the other way to her bad acting. I feel that Willem Dafoe’s acting was off on a few points as well. I really wish they would re-make this movie with a better budget and actually take the time to work out the kinks in acting and timeline/pace. Although I’d like to see the same main characters ahah.
    That’s my two-unwanted-cents lol.

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    1. Dear Kyle!

      Me? A nice replier? This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a nice anything. Lol. So good to hear that you and I are on the same page as concerns the film! Fun story, good ending, slightly marred by uneven acting but overall a nice experience. It might be to soon to talk about a remake, but it’s a great idea.

      Thank you again for your time, friend.

      WTF!? Kyle (Watch the Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  4. I’ve watched the movie a few times now,i like quirky stuff like this and found it compelling viewing that was mostly very well acted,now i’m sorry to disappoint but…yeah,i completely forgave the not so great acting of Addison Timlin due to my blasted red blooded maleness 😦 Christ,i’m so shallow.

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    1. Dear William!

      How good of you to stop by and leave a comment. I agree with you wholeheartedly that the majority of the acting was acceptable and that the quirky directing is what prevents this film from being lost to the bowels of oblivion. As for letting yourself be swayed by the charms of a probably adorable young lady…who among us can honestly say we have never turned a blind eye to beauty?

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the film and stopped by to share this.

      WTF William (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  5. i enjoyed the movie so i read all the books (spoiler alert) odd dies in the 8th book your right timlin does her best to capture the quirkiness of stormy but falls short. the whole relationship smooths out in the book. the film doesn’t convey as well. i don’t know if it’s her fault as much as the way she is written. i hope lifetime or maybe another network might finish making the books into movie. like the v.c. andrews books flowers in the attic series which i read as a teen

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    1. Melba!

      Thank you so much for the comment and the insight. It’s good to know that Stormy and Odd have their happy ending.

      Perhaps you’re right and it’s not so much Addison’s acting as the script, and perhaps I’m being overly critical, but I still can’t help feeling she was a little stilted in her performance.

      Regardless, I hope your dream of a mini series comes to fruition as you seem very charming and I’d like to see your dreams come true.

      Thanks once more for the visit and the contribution!

      WTF Melba (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  6. Spot on. I personally thought the film was akin to a cheesy Nickelodeon TV pilot. There were sooooo many problems with the film. I am nearly aghast that many people (teens?) have loved it so much. The adult review world seems to have a different view on this direct-to-DVD “masterpiece”. ;P

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    1. Tina, my dear!

      Thank you so much for your input, and it’s always a pleasure to learn I see eye to eye with others.

      I tend to think people seek out reviews of films they love, hoping to find a stranger praise it as much as they feel is merited. When the stumble across one of my reviews, they feel personally insulted, as though I’ve disparaged their taste. Which is not the case.

      I’m a little jaded when it comes to films, having seen so many of them and learning their tricks. Younger cinema buffs don’t have the film of other films clouding their vision and are able to appreciate movies with a freshness I lost ages ago. I’m sure critics tore apart the films of my youth, Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Fast times At Ridgemont High…, though, with the same virulence I use to attack these.

      In the end, however, it doesn’t matter. A good film is a film one enjoys, regardless what some English poof thinks.

      Still, as I stated, I welcome your point of view and am thrilled we agree on this one. I do hope you’ll come back frequently!

      WTF Tina (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  7. Latley these days I find these direct to DVD films more entertaining than their big budgeted Hollywood counterparts or big production company equals.

    Perfect example of such was the Boondock Saints. I would not be surprised if this film has its own underground following. It does seem that if they are going to do any more of this material they should approach a cable TV provider such as Stars to continue with this. There is just so much material they can cover better with that format.

    I personally enjoyed the film itself as every movie will have its quirks and miss continuities no matter who is acting in it. The actors can only interpret the script so I would lay blame to the writer or director for the off set of any character. They are the mediators if you will for these productions.

    In closing I did find your review to be very well done unlike most of the brainless scum Hollywood or a newspaper pay those others who lack vision when watching any film of merit. Sadly we have to continue to see their blathering when it is not their cup of tea. Thank you again for the great review and break down as well.

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    1. Hello James!

      Agreed that many direct-to-DVD releases are better than some films. I saw The Seventh Son at the beginning of the year and for the length of the film I found myself wishing I was at home watching “True Detective”. The production value in many series/direct-to-DVD efforts far surpasses that of some films.

      I appreciate and thank you for your views on my review! While I’m not usually very diplomatic (check out my review of Big Game), there was a lot to like in Odd Thomas. As a critic, I try to see what the film was aiming at, and then determine how close to the mark it was – I will probably be one of the few people not to totally despise Pixels, for example.

      Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and I do hope we’ll be seeing you around with more regularity!

      WTF James (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly

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  8. I just watched this the other day and also got sucker-punched by the ending, which I should have seen coming but didn’t. It affected me more than it should have, perhaps because it reminded me of a movie I saw as a kid, “The Midnight Hour”, which was a mostly routine early-to-mid 1980s cheeseball TV horror movie until it uncorked one big twist at the very end. What can I say, I was an impressionable teenager back then …

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    1. Hallo Dennis!

      Yes, the ending was a twist indeed, which rather pleased me as I usually feel jaded when I watch this type of teen-fare. I did a little research, and I think I might actually prefer your “Midnight Hour” to Odd Thomas. Though, as I stated in my review, there was a lot to like in Odd Thomas, and the ending was a part of that.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, my dear sir.

      WTF!? Dennis (Watch The Film),

      Saint Pauly

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